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Community energy reports

The Scottish Government has set a target of 500MW of community owned and locally owned renewable energy capacity operating in Scotland by 2020.

The Energy Saving Trust maintains a database of relevant installations to track progress towards this target, similar to the renewable heat database which the Energy Saving Trust also manages for the Scottish Government.

The latest report published in 2014 found that:

  • An estimated minimum of 285MW of community and locally owned renewable energy capacity was operational in Scotland.
  • This is a 40% increase on the last report (capacity at June 2012), when the operating capacity was estimated at 204MW.
  • The operating capacity results from a total of more than 8,000 individual renewable energy¬†installations.

This 285MW of total capacity was split between approximately 168MW of electrical capacity (MWe) and 114MW of thermal (heat) capacity (MWth).

Download the annual reports: 

Community and locally owned renewable energy in Scotland June 2012

Community and locally owned renewable energy in Scotland June 2013